Young Fitz, the illegitimate son of the noble Prince Chivalry, is ignored by all royalty except the devious King Shrewd, who has had him tutored him in the dark arts of the assassin. He has barely survived his first, soul-shattering mission, and when he returns to the court, he is thrown headfirst into the tumult of royal life.
With the king near death, and Fitz's only ally off on a seemingly hopeless quest, the throne itself is threatened.
Meanwhile, the treacherous Red Ship Raiders have renewed their attacks on the Six Duchies, slaughtering the inhabitants of entire seaside towns. In this time of great peril, it soon becomes clear that the fate of the kingdom may rest in Fitz's hands - and his role in its salvation may require the ultimate sacrifice.
©1999 Robin Hobb (P)2010 Tantor
“Hobb manages to create a kingdom that looks like a fairy tale but feels like the real world---which makes it almost impossible not to become immersed in Hobb's fantasy epic.” (Publishers Weekly)
This is a worthy successor to the Assassin's Apprentice as a story told of a young man growing amongst court intrigue of the Buck Keep Castle in the Six Dutchies. The story, told in first person, holds nothing back, as Fitz-Chivalry Farseer goes through some of the most trying trials a young man can endure. It is generous in its range of emotions and beautifully written. The second book in the first trilogy of a trilogy and series totalling 9 books, each one dynamic in terms of writing style, story telling, and exciting fantastic political drama. A great read is also a great listen. Highly recommended!
It was just OK
all of them
If I could return this book I would have.
At this point I'm invested in the characters and I am enjoying their tale, however this still feels like ground well covered. The occasional transcendent passage is a pleasure to stumble on but don't expect to be blown away by the writing as a whole.
Live on edge of National Forest with lake, birds & wild animals. No more perfect place to indulge life-long love of reading.
There is something addictive about this series. It might be the characters, or the weaving of stories and plotlines, or the narrator; but it is more likely the intersection of all three. Are there slow parts? Yes. Does the hero (and heroine, also) make stupifying choices? Yes. Is the book slow in sections? Yes, and the reason for my 4 stars only for the story. Did this hamper my sheer enjoyment? Not in the least.
I could spend time summarizing the plot, but so many others have done that quite aptly that I see no purpose in repeating their reviews. I recommend reading the reviews written by those who embraced the sad, the uplifting and the inexplicable elements of this book (and series). There are also negative reviews, but I'm hard put to find them accurately descriptive of these books.
When I've finished the 3rd installment in this series, I will miss spending time with these characters.
It was a tremendous struggle to get through this audiobook. Books are supposed to be entertaining, not a struggle.
The overall story arc in itself is good and grips the imagination, but the endless monologs, self pitying and logic that just hurts your head is just too much.
Throw in on top of it the estrogen filled Molly arc and the book is just not worth the effort.
It's official.....I like Robin Hobb's style of writing! I do a lot of driving and I love listening to a good long book that will take days or even weeks to listen to. "The Way Of Kings" is still my favorite audiobook, but this series has some real potential to change that.
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